TEAM | Money mules: Uncovering a scam spanning several states
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The FBI is now investigating after our I-Team helped uncover a scam spanning multiple states, with elderly victims and local ties. Our I-Team teamed up with our sister station in Wichita to uncover a scam that led us down a dirt road in North Augusta looking for answers.
Delpha Schrader lives more than a thousand miles away from Augusta — in Wichita, Kansas. She lives on a fixed income and tries to make every penny count. Which is why she’s sick to her stomach thinking about the $1,500 she recently shipped overnight to South Carolina.
“She said it’s not a loan, but it’s a grant from the government,” said Schrader.
Scammers spoofing her cousins Facebook profile to earn her trust – passing her around to official sounding people on the phone. Mixing in real, verifiable businesses like senior benefit assistance with fake employees like Ellen Bradley.
“Your name is picked randomly,” she said.